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Located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street and spanning about 4.5 acres, the Borough Market is tucked under the railroad trestles next to Bridge Station and Southwark Cathedral. With over 100 individual stalls of diverse, fairly priced, and carefully sourced goods, this site is a hotspot for seasoned foodies and hungry locals alike. Many of the market’s vendors are intimately connected with their products as growers, artisans culinary experts, or bakers. The quality of the food and products is unsurpassed, and it is routinely measured and guaranteed by a panel of impartial experts.
The Borough Market Trust is committed to maintaining its history and reputation as an accessible and inclusive public amenity and community resource. A new Market hall has recently opened facing Borough High Street which hosts regular workshops, tastings, and culinary demonstrations. Borough Market is easily accessed by public transport. Less than a minute walk from a major train station, it is also located on numerous bus routes, and the market provides bike racks for cyclists.
Borough Market, the oldest and most popular market in London, dates back to the 13th century. Parliament closed the market in 1755, but a group of community members from Southwark raised enough money to purchase a small swath of nearby land--now known as the Triangle--which continues to be the heart of the Borough Market. While it is well known today for being one of the world’s best collections of gourmet foods--with specialty growers and producers from all regions of the UK and other parts of Europe--it still caters to this core community. The market’s current buildings were designed in 1851, with expansions in the 1860s, and the Art Deco style entrance was added in 1932. Owned by a charitable trust and run by a voluntary board of trustees, Borough Market is the only fully independent market in London.
Image credits: Jessica Spengler via Flickr, PPS Library, Matt Bradley
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.